Friday, December 21, 2012

Great Canadian Ketchup Cake

The Great Canadian Ketchup Cake

Rating: ***

2 cups (500 mL)              all-purpose flour
2 tsp (10 mL)                   baking powder
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL)               cinnamon
1 tsp (5 mL)                     baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL)                  ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp (2 mL)                  ground ginger
1/2 cup (125 mL)             tomato ketchup
1/2 cup (125 mL)             sprite
3/4 cup (175 mL)             butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (375 mL)         packed dark brown sugar


Stir the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and ginger into a bowl. Stir the ketchup and sprite in a separate bowl. Set aside. Beat the butter and blend in the sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggs. Add the flour mixture and ketchup mixture. Beat on low, scraping down the bowl as needed, until combined. Pour the batter into the Dutch oven. Bake until the centre springs back when touched lightly. Cool the cake for 15 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool completely.

This cake could've been a whole lot better had it been baked evenly throughout.  Parts of it were burnt, while other parts were undercooked.  Take great care when baking cakes with the Dutch oven.

If the batter is too thick, don't be afraid to add some water to thin it out a bit.  If it's too runny, add some more flour.

If you are planning to use this recipe on a trip, it's very easy to mix the dry ingredients together while packing.

People will be more willing to have a piece if you don't mention that one of the ingredients is ketchup, but be sure to tell them after to see the looks on their faces!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

S'more Pie- Shannon, Ariana, and Michaela

Rating: ***


1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows


Melt butter. Mix butter with graham crumbs and sugar. Press into pie tin.Heat dutch oven to about 350 degrees.Cover graham crust with layer of chocolate chips.Cook in D.O. for about 5 minutes to melt chips.Cover chocolate chips completely with layer of mini-marshmallows.Cook in D.O. for about 10 minutes.Check every 5 minutes until marshmallows are brown.Carefully remove pie tin and set to cool. If you can set it in snow or shallow cold water, it will cool the crust faster.Serves 8, but they'll want more.

Hints: We placed 8 coals beneath the oven, and 13 on top, this worked well.
We also added a bit more butter than recommended, and it helped the crust stick better.
If we were to do it again, we wouldve added more marshmallows.

Otherwise, great recipe! Enjoy!

"S'more Pie Dutch Oven Recipe." S'more Pie Dutch Oven Recipe. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2012.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fruit Rolls

Easy Fruit Rolls 

Recipe rating: ***** delicious I will make this food for any occasion


1 package of any Jell-O packet you have.
1 jar any flavor applesauce (used as the base of the fruit roll)

You can flavor your fruit rolls with fresh pureed fruit, powdered flavored gelatin, or with coconut or nuts. (Get creative!) Just mix it in or sprinkle on top before drying.
Spray a fruit roll sheet (lightly) with any type of cooking spray. Place several tablespoons of applesauce on a fruit roll sheet, to make small roll-ups. Spread to 1/4 thickness, so they’re about 4" in diameter. You can fit 6-8 on a fruit roll sheet, depending on how large you make them. Then sprinkle on the Jell-O to make it so it sticks together and mix them together well by stirring gently. Place in tray of dehydrator. Dehydrate at 140° for approximately 5-7 hours or until top of fruit roll is tacky. Remove, roll-up and place in a zip-lock bag.
What went successful in this recipe was that it tasted real good and that it was really easy to make.
What I would Change to make it better would be to add more apple sauce next time and also to take out the fruit roll ups off the tray right after I took them out of the dehydrator/oven because when Thomas waited too long to let them cool off he had a very difficult time taking them off the tray so that is definitely something to change next time we make that recipe.
Bibliography: Easy fruit roll ups, web June 18, 2012

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread – Dutch Oven Recipe
Made by Jessica Livingstone, Meghan Campbell and Fraiser.

Rating ****


Level: EASY

Preparation time: 20 min

Cook time: 35 min

Serves: 6 to 8


  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp  cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 packages of Pillsberry Biscuits
  1. Mix the sugars and cinnamon in a ziplock bag.
  2. Split the Biscuits in quarters and coat with the sugars by placing them in the ziplock bag and shaking.
  3. Place biscuits in dutch oven.
  4. Melt the butter and pour over the biscuits.
  5. Cook in dutch oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or untill the biscuits are cooked.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes and hints

  • This recipe was very easy to make and very yummy!
  • We lined the bottom of the oven with foil to make clean up easier.
  • Before placing the butter, we sprinkled the extra sugar over the biscuits to make them extra sweet.
  • We did not put any cinnamon in it but it was still very good!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pepperoni and cheese pizza By:

Trevor Leslie and Brianna Champagne

Rating ****


1 box of instantpizza dough mix (per pizza)

add water

tomato sauce

grated cheese

pepperoni  (addother ingredients to your licking)

butter to greasepan

Mix water intothe instant pizza dough. Knead until doughy conisistency. Grease panthen spread dough along the bottom. Then spread tomato sauce andcheese. Place toppings as desired on top of pizza. Place 8 coalsunder then 13 coals on top and check on pizza so not to burn it.Remove coals when pizza crust is firm and the cheese is melted.

Hints: make surenot to add too much water to the pizza mix because then it wont turninto dough. We did this and had to add more flour to make the doughthicker.

We decided to make Pizza to shake things up a little bit, and to add a little variety instead of another dessert. We decided to make it on a day 2, so that everyone could enjoy it around lunch time. This pizza recipe worked really well! We were a little skeptical at the beginning because the dough was so thin, but it rose quite nicely! It also cooked in a timely fashion all the way through, didnt stick to the bottom of the dutch oven, didn't burn, and it was done quickly and efficiently. Also, it tasted great! We heard nothing but great responses from our classmates and teacher. We highly recommend this recipe, for a quick, warm, hardy meal.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Rating: ***

The Dutch oven assignment at first seemed to be a simple task,as it turns out it was not. The measurements to make the dough were off slightly making the doughnuts more like pancakes, thus, beaver tails were created! This was a lot of fun to make although the ingredients were a little difficult to find we ended up getting them all and a few touch ups to the amount of ingredients needed and we were good to go! The vegetable oil in which the dough had to cook in was not boiling, which in he pictures, showed the oil boiling. Once the dough was put in though, the vegetable oil instantly started baking the doughnut. after a couple minutes it turned a golden brown and actually tasted somewhat like a doughnut which was quite surprising because it did not look like it would work. The next batch had icing sugar or cinnamon on them which made them even better. All in all it was quite the experience and it turned out much better than I expected.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

David and Dan G.

Rating: ****


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tspn baking powder
1 tspn salt
1/2 tspn baking soda
3 bananas
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips

This recipe wasn't designed specifically for baking in a dutch oven, so I made a few changes to how I made it.  The first thing I did was mix all the ingredients together in the dutch oven.  Once Dan G. and I had heated the coals up for about 15 minutes we put 5 coals under the dutch oven and 16 on the top.  We surrounded the oven with tin foil and left space for air to circulate, weighted the tin foil down a little so the wind wouldn't take it, and let it cook for about 45 minutes.

For the most part I thought this recipe went pretty well.  One of the things I did do when mixing all the ingredients together was add water to the mixture to help it mix more smoothly.  I think this may have made it a little more moist than it might have been if I hadn't added water to the mix.

"The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe." n.p. Web. <> 13 June 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dutch Oven Assignment

APPLE CRISP (rating: *****)



Apple Mixture:

·         10 cups apples, peeled and sliced

·         1/4 cup lemon juice

·         1 tablespoon lemon zest

·         3/4 cup sugar

·         1/2 cup golden raisins

Topping Mixture:

·         1 1/2 sticks butter

·         1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

·         1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

·         1 1/2 cups oats

·         2 tablespoons lemon zest

·         1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

·         1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

·         1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Vegetable oil or cooking spray


 Combine all of the ingredients for the apple mixture in a bowl.

In another bowl, cut the butter into the flour and stir in the remaining topping ingredients.

Spray the interior of a camp Dutch oven with cooking spray or wipe with vegetable oil. Spread the apple mixture in the bottom of the camp Dutch oven. Top with the topping mixture. Bake at 350°F by placing 8 coals under the camp Dutch oven and 16 coals on top of the lid. Continue cooking until the apples are cooked and the topping is brown. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

How we did it:

When we did the assignment it was really rainy, but with a tarp over the fire we could heat up the coals anyways.

We did not make any changes to the recipe… except the nutmeg, which we didn’t put in the mixture because we did not have it.

With 13 coals under and 12 coals on top of the Dutch oven, the apple crisp inside, and aluminium foil all around it, the apple crisp was baking.

After around 35 minutes the crisp was gold brown and ready to eat.

It is good to check the crisp from time to time to make sure that nothing burns. Also, it is better to split up the work. While Sarah and Air were pealing and preparing the apples, Brenna and I were starting the fire. Like this we did not lose a lot of time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t serve before the end of the period anyways, because we lost some time while hanging up the tarp. Instead, the students came at lunch to enjoy some delicious apple crisp with ice cream. On long trips it might be hard to bring ice cream, but instead you could bring some cool whip.

I love the recipe and I would totally do it again.

Source: Bob Kellermann. Web. <>. 17 June 2012.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dehydrated cinnamon-sugar apple chips

-         Apples
-         Cinnamon
-         Sugar
-         Lemon juice
-         Water

Things you’ll need:
-         Dehydrator
-         Knife
-         Bowl
-         Cutting knife
-         Large Zip-lock bag

  1. Peel and cut apples into desired shape
  2. Soak apples in half lemon juice, half water solution for 2-3 minutes
  3. Remove apples from solution and pat dry
  4. Mix sugar and cinnamon in large zip lock bag
  5. Add apples to sugar and cinnamon
  6. SHAKE!!!
  7. Remove from bag and place in dehydrator
  8. Leave in dehydrator for 18 hours
  9. Remove from dehydrator and serve J
-         Original recipe said to “sprinkle” sugar on, but we covered them
-         Put waxed paper in the bottom layer of dehydrator to prevent spillage of substances
-         Use sharpened knife, not butter knife to cut apples


Lauren. "Oven Dried Cinnamon Apples." Oven Dried Cinnamon Apples. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2012. <>.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Apple Crisp

Forrest Mount & Brenna McWilliams with help of Marlee Fitzpatrick
rate ****
This dutch oven assignment was very tasty and perfect for our trip. We decided to do it on the second night of our white water canoe trip. That day it was very rainy, and cold. Having the nice warm apple crisp was a prefect way to finish dinner that night. To make it even tastier, Mr.Brouwer drove to the local corner store and bought a box of ice cream to add with our apple crisp. We changed up the ingredients a little bit because we didnt have time to get them. We didnt use lemon juice, ground cloves and chopped walnuts and instead of it taking 60 minutes to be ready it only took anout 20-30minutes. To start Marlee peeled the apples, while forrest and I cut the apples into smaller pieces. After that, I began to prepare the topping and Marlee melted the butter and Forrest spread the apples flat in the dutch oven. After it was all mixed together, the topping was spread evenly over the apples. After we ate our dinner, Mr.Brouwer and a couple students went to get some ice cream to go with our apple crisp. By the time they got back, which wasnt even a half hour, the dutch oven was ready. Soon after eating we started to clean up. One slice was left over that someone ate the next morning. This was a very very delicious desert and a perfect way to warm up after being in cold air and water for a full day.
10cups granny smith apple slices2cups brown sugar
2Tbs. lemon juice2cups flour
3/4cup sugar1cup oatmeal
1/2cup brown sugar1/2cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3cup flour1cup butter; melted
2tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4tsp. grated nutmeg
1/4tsp. ground cloves
3/4tsp. salt

Prepare Filling: In a 12" Dutch oven add apples and lemon juice; stir to coat apples. In a separate dish combine remaining filling ingredients and stir to mix. Pour dry ingredients over apples and stir until apples are well coated.
Prepare Topping: In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, and walnuts; stir to mix. Using a fork, mix in butter. Spread topping evenly over apples.
Bake: Cover Dutch oven and bake using 12-14 briquettes bottom and 16-18 briquettes top for 60 minutes.
Serve topped with whipped cream.
Serves: 12-14

Fruit Roll Ups

Meghan and Lauren
“Life is like a fruit roll up; you never know how it’s going to unfold”
-Cathy Bryson
Recipe: Fruit smoothie roll ups
Strawberry Banana smoothie
  • 2 large bananas
  • 12 fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • ½ cup of pineapple juice
  1. Peel and chop bananas thin enough to blend easily.
  2. Cup off leafy part of strawberries and wash
  3. In blender, add fruit and honey.
  4. Add in juice gradually throughout the blending to help it mix better.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Poor the smoothie onto fruit rolls up tray liners the size of a CD disk.
  7. Do that with the rest of the smoothie until all gone.
  8. Place in dehydrator and dehydrate for 6 hours or until no longer sticky.
  9. Voila, you have homemade healthy fruit roll ups!
RATE: ****
We gave this recipe 4 out of 5 stars. It is easy to make and healthy too! It was surprisingly very tasty. The honey we added gave it a great flavor along with the sweetness of the pineapple juice. The recipe of the smoothie was quick and easy to make though the dehydration process was very long. Overall a recipe we would highly recommend.
  • As we were making the smoothie, we found it needed more juice. About an extra ½ cup is all.
  • We realised that the thinner you poor the smoothie onto the sheet, the faster it dehydrates.
  • Some of our circles of the fruit roll up turned out bumpy and not smooth. We know for next time to smooth them out with a spoon before dehydrating them.
  • The recipe called to dehydrate the fruit roll ups for 6 hours but most likely because we didn’t make ours thin enough; we left them in an extra hour.
  • Healthy homemade fruit smoothies. 2012. June 14th 2012.
  • Making fruit leathers. Food dehydrator instruction manual. N.D.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pineapple Upside down Cake - Marlee Fitzpatrick

Rating: ****
Serves: 8-10
Prep time: 15 minutes (plus time to heat up coals)

1 can pineapples (6oz) (I used whole pineapples one)
½ cup of pecans (optional)
½ cup brown sugar
1 square of margarine
2 yellow cake mixes

12'' dutch oven
24 coals

1. Heat up approximately 24 coals (8 for the bottom, and 16 for the top). This took me an hour to do with a fire, but may require less time depending on the person and the method of heating.
2. Line the inside of the dutch oven with aluminum foil. This is so you can easily flip the cake after baking. Once coals are hot enough, place 8 evenly in a circular formation and put the dutch oven over top.
3. Melt the margarine (I used about 2 heaping tablespoons because I had no idea what measurement a square was...) in the pan and add the brown sugar. Once that is stirred together, add pecans (optional) and place the pineapple slices around the pan filling all the spaces. This will be the glaze for the cake.
4. Next, pour the two cake mixes into a bowl/container. Follow the instructions on the back of the box (may require eggs and oil) to make the mix.
5. Pour the batter on top of the glaze. Spread 16 coals around the top of the lid and cover the entire exterior of the dutch oven with aluminum foil to make an oven effect.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, but check every 15 minutes. You'll know it's done by the smell and the golden brown colour. Also be sure to check that it is cooked all the way through by poking it with a tooth pick or fork. If batter comes out onto the fork, it is not ready yet.
7. Once it's ready, carefully flip the cake onto a pan and remove the foil to reveal the glaze.

This recipe was extremely easy to follow. Probably the hardest part was just getting the coals warmed up. I did find it was helpful to have all my ingredients measured out ahead of time as it saved prep time. One experiment I did with this recipe is using sprite instead of the eggs it called for in the cake mix. To replace 4 eggs and oil between the two boxes, I used a small bottle of sprite. I found this gave the perfect ratio of liquids to solids to make a proper cake batter. I found that adding the sprite made the cake very sweet, maybe a bit too sweet for me, but it was still pretty good! One tip for baking the cake is make sure the tin foil wraps all the way around the oven. My cake still was not done after 25 minutes, so I put more foil to cover all the missing spots. Once that happened, the cake was done in the next 5 minutes!
If I could change anything, I would probably use eggs instead of sprite. Even though it still tasted good with the sprite, and it's easier to use and transport, I think I would prefer the cake with the proper ingredients. I would also be sure to cover the entire dutch oven with foil so it bakes faster.
All in all, it tasted good! I would make it again, but maybe with a side of ice cream to top it off!
Hot Fudge Pudding Cake rating **** Ingredients batter 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup melted butter 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract topping 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa Directions In a bowl, stir together all the ingredients under batter, before pouring the batter into an Un-greased Dutch oven. Then mix the ingredients under topping in the same bowl, sprinkle evenly over the batter. Place the lid on the Dutch oven with 6 Charcoal briquettes on the bottom and 12 charcoal briquettes on the top for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Then spoon sauce from the bottom of the Dutch oven over cake. Yields 8 servings Conclusion This recipe turned out very well, had a great taste and was well enjoyed by everyone who tried it. If I were to do it again though I would add less hot water, as the topping was a little too runny. Though over all I found this to be a great recipe that I would make again. Retrieved From

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cherry Chocolate Surprise Cake

Cherry Chocolate Surprise Cake
Rating ****
chocolate cake mix; prepared as directed
(20 oz.) can cherry pie filling
Tbs. sugar
(8 oz.) brick cream cheese
tsp. vanilla

Pour prepared cake batter into a greased 12" Dutch oven. Spoon cherry pie filling into clumps over cake batter. In a small mixing bowl cream together cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Drop by tablespoons over top of cake.
Place lid on oven. Bake using 8-10 briquettes bottom and 14-16 briquettes top for 1 hour or until top center of cake springs back when touched.
If using Oven: Pre- heat oven to 350 degrees on bake, then cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half. You may need a little bit more or a little bit less depending on your oven and cake mix.
In conclusion, this recipe turned out very well, it tasted good, turned out properly, and was well enjoyed by my peers. If I were to do anything differently, it would be to try new things to top it with or something to mix in to the batter. All in all, It was a good recipe that I will definitely make again.

Beef Jerky Recipe

Beef Jerky Recipe
Rating ***
Amount, Item & Brand (If Applicable)
5 Lbs. Minimum (One piece preferred) Fresh Brisket (Lean) - Any brand
*You may substitute the beef brisket with your choice of meat.
15 - 20 oz. Soy Sauce - Any brand
15 oz. Worcestershire Sauce - Lea & Perrins - Preferred
15 - 20 oz. Teriyaki sauce - Any brand (I didn’t bother)
2 - 4 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar - Any brand
2 - 4 tablespoons Garlic Powder - Any brand
2 - 4 tablespoons Onion Powder - Any brand
2 - 4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper - Any brand(didn’t use)
5 oz. bottle Liquid Smoke - Any brand any type( didn’t use)

Beer (amount and type are preference)
2 - 4 oz. Dark Corn Syrup or Molasses for even more flavor - Any brand 
1 - Very Sharp Knife

1.       Prepare marinade by mixing. Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Dark Brown Sugar, Garlic Powder,  Onion Powder, and any other flavours you prefer with your Jerky (e.g. Teriyaki)
2.       Prepare meat by stripping away fat
3.       Cut meat into strips, as thin as possible.
4.       Put both marinade and meat into a dehydrator or into a slow roasting pot for an oven (I Used oven)
5.       Let meat cook for 4-6 hours until meat becomes tough (Jerky) and after four hours , check on meat every 20 minutes to make sure it doesn’t become overdone(too hard and black)
·        If using oven, keep temperature low, 225- 230 degrees.
My recipe did not turn out. I believe that this was due to not being put in long enough. The recipe calls for 4-6 hours however I put it in for 4. I would put it in for 6 hours if I made the recipe again, but this time checking it frequently as I mentioned in the directions. It still tasted good and despite not being jerky, was still enjoyed by my peers.

 Retrived from:

Rhys Stewart